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Blog - Page 12 of 16 - Moe Al Thani
First Qatari man to summit Mount Everest and to climb the Seven Summits.
First Qatari, Mount Everest, Entrepreneur, Qatar's royal family, Mountaineer, Brand ambassador for Reach Out To Asia, Founder of musafir.com, Sharjah Paintball Park, Grab n’ Go, Al Nawras Hospitality, Tamween Catering
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Himalaying

Himalaying

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We woke up at 4am this morning, for and early start took a quick shower hand rushed down. As usual we ended up waiting for Masoudin the lobby for 40min. We bearly made it to the domestic airport in time. The flight to the most dangerous airport Lukla 2810m.
The trek to Phakding was for about 4hrs mostly down hill. We just had one stop at a tea house for tea and biscuits. We are now in Phakding 2660m where we will rest for the night.

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Last Day in Katmandu

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Where can I start, today was an amazing day. It started we breakfast 8am, and a trip to the slums. I went to visit a school that ROTA helps support. A 15min drive ended to be 45 but we eventually arrived. We were greeted by action aid representative who liaises with ROTA here in Nepal. We were also greeted with over 100 students, their teachers, and head principal. They gave us flowers and scarves for good luck.

The students were very well educated and all spoke English. However the school infrastructure was really bad. 900 Students had 3mx10m playground. This one girl who was very out spoken was explaining the school system and the hardships they face as students. When I explained about out Arabs with Altitude team and team members, I was mentioning all the countries. Once I reached lebanon the girl burst in tears, when I asked her why she is crying. She replied that her mother used to work there, that she worked really hard caring apples up and down the mountain. That she works really hard so she can provide for her children for food and education. That she misses her mom a lot when she leaves for 3 years to work in the Middle East. Most of the team were in tears, because we never think of the helpers at home how they also have families and miss the a lot while they are away providing for them. This girl wants to become a lawyer and I see her become an amazing one. I hope that the funds I will be Raising will at least help those kids get good education and a chance to live a reasonable life out of the slums of Katmandu.

I then had an interview with 2 reporters from the Katmandu post and a Nepalese newspaper that is widely read in Qatar. It was a long interview about my climb, the fundraising, and business.

We went back to the hotel and met with an Everest rockstar Elizabeth Hawley born November 9, 1923, is an American former journalist and chronicler of Himalayan expeditions. She traveled to Nepal in September 1960 and never left. She is the best-known chronicler of Himalayan expeditions for over four decades and was an honor to meet her in person. She has an amazing character and would certainly be great to meet her again when we are back (inshala after we summit).

We also met with Ted Atkins the inventor of Tap Out mast the is used in the mountain for years. He invented it in 2004 while he was summiting Everest. This device saved many lives, and increased the success rate a lot. He showed us his new version of the mask and regulator and looks like it will be a huge success. Ted also explained what might go wrong on the mountain and how to solve the problem if it happens (mask and regulator related).

Over all was another long and rewarding day in Katmandu, can’t ask for a better one. We will wake up at 4am for an early start to the airport and off the airport to fly to Lukla where we will start our trek to Phakding.

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Day 1 Katmandu

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We woke up today at 8pm for breakfast, then head to Thamel to get our selves Nepalese SIM cards. Only in Nepal you have to get finger printed and sign your picture to get a SIM card. Good thing now we have cell reception all the way to base camp.

We then had our gear check done at 2pm, it took us a while but went smoothly. We have all our gear set. We also have chocolates enough for 60 days to load us with calories.

We went to our favorite restaurant fire and ice for dinner. There we met Tod the owner of Alpine Ascents. We dealt in the past but never met, very nice guy. We discussed our it itinerary and ways to maximize our chances of summit.

We will have an early morning tomorrow, lights out 9:15pm

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Landed in Katmandu

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Just settled in out hotel, the famous Yak & Yeti, very well known in Katmandu for all the adventurers who stay here. We had a very smooth flight form Sharjah to Katmandu, it was about 3:15 hrs. We had the spot connect (tracker) on the whole flight and guess what we forgot it on the plane hahaha. Good thing the cabin crew spotted it and handed it over to the duty manager. Hopefully we will pick it up first thing in the morning.

We had to wait for ages for our bags; you have to understand we have a lot of them. We will be spending almost 2 months on the mountain. Once we headed out Michael, Vern, and Elia greeted us. Michael and Vern will be our guides and Elia Saikaly is our cameraman that will accompany us during the whole trip.

We cramped up in a bus that took us to the hotel, it was a very short ride to the hotel where we are settled in. Tomorrow will be a nice day sightseeing and gear checking.

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Here We Go Again!!!

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The time has come for my next expedition, this time it’s the big one Mount Everest 8,850m. This has been my dream for a long time and I have been climbing and training hard for 4 years for this one.

Unlike other mountains I climbed, Everest has lots of perks; the good thing is that I will have limited data at base camp. This will allow me to update you much more. Just like in my previous climbs I will be updating my blog regularly (http://www.moealthani.com/blog/) whenever I have data access I will be writing and when we pass base camp I will be using an audio cast that will also be on the blog.

A new addition on my main page is the Google maps tracker; I used to use different software that may have been confusing to some people so I decided to find a better solution. You are able to see the route I will be taking up the mountain (blue line) and tack my progress (yellow line).

This is a must, check out the fly-in app (top left corner on the map www.moealthani.com) it will shows you the whole journey form Sharjah to the top of the world.

I will fly from Sharjah to Katmandu on the 3rd of April, and then from Katmandu to Lukla 2,860m from there it will be a 10-12 day trek to Everest base camp. I will then have 3 acclimatization runs up and down the mountain (may take 30 days) before having a good weather window so I can summit.

As you all know I am the brand Ambassador for Reach Out To Asia a Qatari non-profit charity foundation that works to ensure that people affected by crisis across Asia and around the world have continuous access to relevant and high-quality primary and secondary education. I am also climbing to raise funds for Reach Out To Asia’s education-focused projects in Nepal. Here is a link to the fundraising portal any donation is very much appreciated. https://www.ammado.com/community/132166

Finally, I would like to thank all of you for your continues support over the years, this made me very persistent in focusing on my end goal. I also appreciate all what you have done, and hope to return from the Himalayas victoriously.

Moe Al Thani

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Less than 48hrs to go!!!

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In less than 48hrs, Raed, Masoud, and myself will be heading out to climb the highest mountain in the world Mount Everest! I still don’t know why I am doing this. Must be a bug I caught in 2009 while trekking to Everest Base camp.

I had my last training session today with Walter (my trainer), as we were leaving the gym he mentioned to me “can you believe it, we are done!” in my head I said I didn’t even start. All the training I did is just preparation foe the long 60day expedition.

The time has come now, this is becoming real. I have been dreaming of this for 4 years and now we are just 48hrs away.

I will have a facelift done to my website (moealthani.com) that will make tracking our progress easier and more fun. This should be up before I leave to Katmandu.

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My Next Journey is Just Around the Corner

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The time has come for my next journey, this time it will be to the top of the world Mount Everest 8,850m. In 12 Days I will fly to Katmandu where I will meet our guides and Sherpas. This Journey will be my longest, It might take over 45 days to reach the top.
My good friends Masoud Mohammed and Raed Zidan will be climbing the mountain with me, having people I trust there with me will definitely give me a huge support. Ali Jaber and Ziad Al Sharabi will see us off at Everest base camp, I climbed with both of them a few times.
I have been preparing for this climb for quite a while, and you can never be ready for a Monster like Everest. What you can do is give it 100% every training day. By now all 3 of us are fully packed and ready we counting down the days until we depart.
I will be as usual updating my blog regularly, I will also have a GPS tracking device on me so you can track our progress.
Regards
Moe
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